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2008 Provincial Preview: Prince Edward Island

Canada’s smallest province, both in population and land mass, continues to become a big player in baseball the last few years.

The registration numbers continue to grow and the Executive Director of PEI Amateur Baseball, Kelsey MacIntosh says that the last six weeks have been exceptionally busy.

“We have a new V.P. Administration, Karen MacIntyre.  We’ve approved a new constitution.  We’ve had all our meetings with our minor league commissioners.  We are having our 2007 Awards Reception on March 4th.  We have set our calendar for the year, which will be released in March and we’ve secured a few contract agreements with sponsors,” says MacIntosh.

Set in PEI’s calendar will be the Junior National Championship in Charlottetown from August 14-17 and from all accounts, the preparations are all on track.

“We’ve secured a number of major sponsors, including a title sponsorship.  Our field preparations for the two renovated fields went well last fall and will be ready for the season and everything else is going according to schedule.”

The coaching staff for the junior team that will represent the province at that tournament, as well as the coaching staffs for all other provincial levels have been selected.  Also, the Midget, Junior and Baseball Canada Cup players are already beginning their training camps.

Business also continues to be on the up swing as the association signed a sponsorship deal with Rawlings to be the official baseball for the province and they are in the process of bringing in a new Technical Director.

“Essentially, the person would be responsible for Winterball, Rally Cap and help organize clinics as well as become a learning facilitator.”

MacIntosh sees the growth of the association over the years and appreciates and acknowledges the efforts put forth by everyone involved.

“It’s definitely been a busy last few weeks.”